BY COLE McNANNA //
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome back to Curry College.
The 2017-2018 Colonels are all moved in and back in the classrooms to start the 138th year of academia in Milton, Mass.
On Monday, the newest class to Curry, the Class of 2021, was officially admitted to the academic year by school President Kenneth Quigley and Provost Dr. David Szczerbacki. Those in attendance also heard from student speaker Matthew Weddleton, of the Class of 2018, alumna Amber Soucy, from the Class of 2013, and Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Jennifer Ceven McNally.
Quigley started things off with his welcome speech, noting that he is “excited for the start of another academic year at Curry College.”
He gave way to Weddleton, who realized after an internship for his hometown newspaper, the Brockton Enterprise, that journalism wasn’t the path for him. He didn’t want to go to a different college and start all over, so he decided to look elsewhere within the Communication Department for another path.
Through some guidance, he discovered the radio station on campus, WMLN 91.5. He is now a station manager entering his senior year and was able to offer some perspective from the other side of the audience.
“I’ll admit I was nervous, but I was really excited to welcome in the new class,” Weddleton said after the event. “I remember in my convocation how nervous and anxious I was to start the year, so for me to be able to make them feel welcome in this environment was a big deal for me.”
McNally came to the podium shortly after and provided another perspective for eager students to learn from. McNally urged students to commit to their dreams now so they can start achieving them.
With classes kicking off a mere two hours after the ceremonies, McNally knew there was no reason to wait around. The sooner they were able to commit, the sooner they will find themselves realizing their biggest dreams.
The keynote speaker knew a little bit about that, as she was able to achieve her wildest dreams because of Curry College. Soucy graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing and minors in biology and women’s and gender studies, and serves as a prime example of the things the staff at Curry can help all students accomplish.
After not being much of a student or athlete in high school, she said, Soucy wasn’t sure what was going to happen next. When an admissions councilor gave her a call three days before Christmas to tell her she was admitted to Curry, she knew things were going to be different from there on out.
She noted that all of the faculty and staff she encountered helped her succeed in every way possible and turned her into the woman she is today. After finishing contracts at Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she is currently pursuing her master’s of science in nursing degree at Curry College and still works as a traveling nurse for Boston-area hospitals.
“I know that I wasn’t paying attention during my convocation ceremony, so we’ll see how many took it to heart,” Soucy said after her speech. “But the fact that people came up to me afterwards really does instill that I at least got through to a couple people and I like the laughs. Laughing hopefully engaged people.”
After Soucy came Szczerbacki to matriculate the incoming class. Peter Newman, a representative of the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society, led the Class Oath and the college’s Pure Vocals group sang Alma Mater to officially admit the freshmen into Curry.
Evelyn Baldwin came to Curry all the way from Sarasota, Fla., and said she had already found her new home in Milton — for at least the next year — and enjoyed all of the speeches.
Dylan Perkins came to Curry from Ipswich, Mass. He’ll be pursuing a nursing major while balancing lacrosse. He said many of the speeches reinforced what he already knew.
“We already knew [the great things about Curry] coming in, but it was nice to hear it reiterated to know they care,” said Perkins.
Teammate and New Jersey native Clinton Wilson agreed that all of the speakers made good points, and he is excited to see the semester really take off.